COVID-19 update: Per direction from the University of Maryland's Office of the President, there will not be an in-person ceremony for Spring 2020. Alternative options are currently being discussed. More information will be posted soon.


Additional questions regarding commencement should be emailed to bsosdeanevents [at] umd [dot] edu 




Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! 


Graduation Checklist:


Regalia is required. The University Book Center is the official supplier of commencement regalia for the university.


Each graduate participating in the campus-wide commencement ceremony will receive color proofs by mail approximately two weeks after commencement. There is no obligation to purchase prints. For more information, contact GradImages at 800.628.4509 or visit

Campus-Wide Ceremony

  Friday, May 22, 2020 / 1:00 p.m.
  📍 Xfinity Center

Department Ceremonies

African American Studies
  Thursday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m.
  📍 Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  Contact: Marci Deloatch, 301.405.1167, mdeloatc [at] umd [dot] edu

  Thursday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m.
  📍 Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  Contact: Erik Hanson, 301.405.1436, ehanson [at] umd [dot] edu

Criminology & Criminal Justice
  Thursday, May 21 at 9:00 a.m.
  📍 Reckord Armory
  Contact: Diane Hou, 301.405.4729, ccjsevents [at] umd [dot] edu | CCSJ Commencement Website

  Thursday, May 21 at 8:00 a.m.
  📍 Xfinity Center
  Contact: Shanna Edinger May, 301.405.7845, econcommencement [at] umd [dot] edu | ECON Commencement Website

Geographical Sciences
  Thursday, May 21 at noon
  📍 Memorial Chapel
  Contact: Amanda Hoffman Hall, 301.405.4073, geog-advise [at] umd [dot] edu | GEOG Commencement Website

Government & Politics
  Friday, May 22 at 9:00 a.m.
  📍 Reckord Armory
  Contact: Gracie Riley, 301.405.4124, griley1 [at] umd [dot] eduGVPT Commencement Website

Hearing & Speech Sciences
  Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m.
  📍 Memorial Chapel
  Contact: Kristina Milvae, 301.226.8814, kmilvae [at] umd [dot] edu | HESP Commencement Website

  Thursday, May 21 at noon
  📍 Reckord Armory
  Contact: Lori Kader, 301.405.5866, psycadvising [at] umd [dot] edu | PSYC Commencement Website

  Thursday, May 21 at 12:30 p.m.
  📍 Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  Contact: Nicole De Loatch, 301.405.6389, ndeloat [at] umd [dot] edu

Joint Program in Survey Methodology
  Thursday, May 21 at 12:30 p.m.
  📍 Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  Contact: Jody Williams, 301.314.7955, jodywill [at] umd [dot] edu


Please note: The Environmental Science and Policy Program graduates should attend the following ceremonies:

  • Global Environmental Change – Geographical Sciences
  • Land Use – Geographical Sciences
  • Marine and Coastal Management – Geographical Sciences
  • Politics and Policy – Government & Politics
  • Society and Environmental Issues – Sociology


For general information regarding the college commencement ceremonies, please contact the Office of the Dean at 301.405.8746


Q: Do I have to apply for graduation?
A: Students who will be finishing degree requirements this Spring 2019 and intend to graduate must apply for graduation. The Application for graduation is due Friday, February 8, 2019 electronically via Testudo.

Q: Do I have to attend either of the commencement ceremonies?
A: Participation in the campus-wide and departmental ceremonies are encouraged, but not mandatory. If a student chooses not to participate in the commencement ceremonies, he/she will still receive their diploma.


Q: I am a double major. Which ceremony do I attend?
A: Students can choose to attend both departmental ceremonies, only one ceremony, or neither.  Attendance is at the discretion of the student.


Q: Will I receive my diploma at graduation?
A: No, you will not receive your diploma at graduation. Your diploma will be sent to the diploma mailing address specified at the time the student’s application for graduation was submitted.  If a diploma mailing address was not specified, the diploma will be mailed to your permanent address.